The Ghanaian government says it has not sold Kotoka International Airport, contrary local and social media reports that the country`s flagship airport is up for sale.
Ghana Minister of Aviation Joseph Kofi Adda confirmed this in a statement: “Indeed, what is being considered for deliberation by the Ministry and its stakeholders including the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) and the TAV-SUMMA is to improve service delivery and expansion of infrastructure at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to achieve the government’s vision of making Ghana and aviation hub in the sub-region.”
“An Executive Approval was signed by the President for the Ministry to facilitate the engagement of the Strategic Partners,” added the minister.
The statement further clarified that the Ministry was yet to formally commence the process to acquire a strategic partner. “To this end, we hereby state categorically that neither the Ministry nor the GACL has yet formally stated any process of engagement on the subject matter with any stakeholder or partner,” he explained.
Ghana became the first African country to reopen airports for domestic operations after the Covid19 induced restrictions. Kotoka International Airport (KIA) opened to what has now a standard across Africa.
KIA introduced new health and safety measure for all airport users. Wearing of mask became mandatory, social distancing, use of social distancing within the airport and on board the aircraft.
Airport disinfectant of facilities and baggage was introduced together with use of hand sanitizers at all major touch points. Speaking during the resumption, Ghana’s Chief Operations Officer of Africa World Airlines Sean Mendis said, “the response has been positive, we are positive that as things begin to get back to normal and people get used to the new protocols, the number of passengers will increase.”
To date, both AWA and Air Passion have increased flights within Ghana across their networks.
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